February 12 2014 Edition

St-Hubert Derby: eleven years running

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

For eleven years running, Carnival fans have been cheering from the sidelines as horses drawing sleighs race through snowy obstacle courses. This year, on February 8 and 9, the races, known as the St-Hubert Derby, took place in Place George V, between the National Assembly and the Manège Militaire.

Bears of Legend: singing in a secret language

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Carnival festivities needn't be limited to daytime events for the family: Bears of Legend played a high-energy double-header with Dylan Perron & Élixir de Gumbo at the Petit Champlain Theatre on the evenings of February 7 and 8.

The Ice-Canoe Races and the Coupe des Glaces

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Carnival Ice-Canoe Races began and ended in the Bassin Louise of the Port of Quebec this past Sunday. For the first time this year, the racers could be watched live on two giant screens, one on the Quebec side of the St. Lawrence and the other in Lévis.

Ice sculptures a must for Quebec Winter Carnival

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Photo: Danielle Burns

It's "the very busy season" for Laurent Godon - the ice-sculpting businessman from Mont-Tremblant who is also a pilot, boat enthusiast and former Guinness World Record holder for fastest ice sculptor. At previous carnivals, Godon made three, five, and eight sculptures for the occasion.

International Snow Sculpture Competition

Moroccan sculptors honour Lac-Mégantic

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Two weeks ago, Lidrissi Moulay Hicham had never touched snow.

Hicham is a Moroccan painter based in Nice, France. He had no plans to come to Quebec until late January, when the phone rang. His old friend Omar Gammaoui was on the line from Montreal. Gammaoui, the captain of Team Morocco for the upcoming TELUS International Snow Sculpture Competition in Quebec City, needed a hand.

Valentine’s Tea in honour of our caregivers

Are you providing care for family members or friends, either nearby or far away?

Perhaps you prepare meals, taxi loved ones to medical appointments, ensure their medication is taken as prescribed, assist them with their finances or simply provide a listening ear. If so, you are doing the important work of caregiving, a job that can be both rewarding and challenging.

Vroom, vroom!

Salon Moto de Québec prepares riders for bike season

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

When the ground is covered in snow and the wind chill is dipping to -15 C, motorcycle season seems far away indeed. The Quebec Moto and All-Terrain Vehicle Show made the wait a bit easier to bear, though, for the riders and exhibitors crowded into the Centre des foires this past weekend.

James McPherson Le Moine’s memoirs launched at the Villa Bagatelle

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Photo: Terry Kerwin

Last Sunday, at Villa Bagatelle, the Presses de l'Université Laval launched Souvenirs et réminiscences/Glimpses & Reminiscences de James McPherson Le Moine. During the nineteenth century, Le Moine was one of Quebec City's most respected and well-known personalities.

Team Canada marches proudly at the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

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Photo: Mike Ridewood

The Canadian Olympic Team walked onto the world stage on February 7 dressed in the Hudson's Bay official parade uniforms. Led by Hayley Wickenheiser, Canada's flag bearer, the Canadian athletes make up the third largest contingent at this year's Games.

Audrey Robichaud determined to have fun at second Olympics

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Photo: Canadian Ski Federation

For one horrible moment, Audrey Robichaud thought it might be all over. During a World Cup qualifying event in Calgary in January, the Quebec City skier partially tore a knee ligament.﹘ a potentially devastating blow for the skier who had placed eighth at her first Olympics in 2006 and just missed qualifying for the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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